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Moving to Ireland

A Comprehensive Guide on Relocating to Ireland

Wondering about the steps you need to take to move to Ireland? This InterNationsGO! guide covers all the requirements you need to know to relocate to the Emerald Isle. We provide everything so that you are ready to start a new, exciting life in this beautiful island nation.

Need to move abroad? Organizing an international relocation is not something you should do on your own. As expats, we understand what you need, and offer the the essential services to help you move and live abroad easily. Contact us today to jump start your move, and begin the preparations with our free relocation checklist.

How can you move to Ireland? Is it easy or hard? What about getting a job or finding a home? These are the kind of questions all expats, both aspiring and current, ask themselves before any transition abroad.

Our InterNations GO! relocation guide to Ireland aims to take the stress out of moving abroad by laying out everything you need to know. We go through all of the benefits of moving to Ireland, such as the universal healthcare, which covers non-residents even on the day they arrive so long as they provide proof of their intent to live in the Emerald Isle. We also talk about some of the hard parts, such as the competitive housing market found throughout the country.

Once you are done reading, you will be fully prepared for life on the Emerald Isle. Unlike some European countries, Ireland is easy for foreigners to immigrate to, and the culture is extremely welcoming.

Why move to Ireland? By the time you finish reading our guide, you will be asking yourself: why not?



Whether you are moving abroad for the first time or relocated multiple times before, the process raises many questions. Our complete guide to relocation will ease your doubts along the way, from the initial preparations to how to negotiate a relocation package, we help you GO! prepared with the key answers.

Need to know about the process of moving to Ireland? Then you have come to the right place. Our Ireland guide ensures you are prepared for your journey. Whether you need to know about shipping and storing your household goods or what it is like to travel to Ireland with pets, we cover it all.

In general, moving to Ireland is fairly easy. There are no vaccinations required to immigrate to the country other than the standard shots that most people receive as children. Expats may be surprised to learn that a rabies vaccine is recommended—even for humans. Likewise, rabies shots requirements for pets vary slightly depending on what country the animal is being imported from. Read on to learn more.

International moves are exciting, but they can also be stressful. You have to make sure that you have all of the correct forms and have taken all the necessary steps. If not, you may find yourself arguing with a customs officer to retrieve your goods. Even worse, you could find yourself (or your pet) denied an entry visa.

Our relocation guide ensures that you are fully prepared. As expats ourselves, we have the entire process mapped out. That is why we have created this guide, so that you are ready to make the leap and start your new life abroad.

Interested in what it takes to move to Ireland? Check out our guide to learn everything that you need to know to have a smooth, easy moving experience.

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Visas & Work Permits

If you are moving to Ireland from outside the EU, you will need to know how to get an Irish work visa or permit. EU nationals do not need a visa in order to work in Ireland, but they will need to prove their financial stability after three months of living in the country.

For everyone else moving to Ireland, read this guide in order to learn all the details about the Irish visa application process. Whether you are a freelancer, inter-company transfer, or searching for an opportunity with an Irish employer, we go over the important information you need. Our guide walks you through Ireland’s visa requirements as well as the different visa types you can apply for and the visa costs.

Keep in mind that those interested in permanent residency in Ireland will need to live and work in the country for a minimum of five years. Once this happens, even non-EU nationals will be permitted to stay in Ireland regardless of whether or not they have a job in the country.

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Finding accommodation in Ireland can be one of the more stressful aspects of moving to the country. Because the island nation is small and has a large population, it is to be expected that housing is limited. Expats should expect to take one month to find the perfect home.

With a competitive housing market comes a fairly high average rent. Throughout the country, it is hard to find a place for less than 1,000 EUR (1,080 USD) per month. Expats who are interested in saving money should look for different types of houses out in the countryside or, if in the city, away from public transport stops.

Do you want to know how to buy a house in Ireland as a foreigner? Our guide includes a step-by-step process of how to search for housing in Ireland and then make an offer on your dream Irish home. Like renting, average house prices are also high, but expats interested in living in Ireland long-term may find it more cost efficient in the long run.

If you are moving to Ireland, read on to learn all you need about how to rent a home in Ireland and even how to set-up and pay for utilities. InterNationsGO! cannot do anything about the high demand of houses in the country, we can help relieve your stress by keeping you informed.

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What do you need to know about the healthcare system and health insurance in Ireland? If you are moving to the country for the first time, then everything.

The healthcare system in Ireland is universal, but this does not mean it is free for everyone. Expats have the same access to public health insurance in Ireland as nationals do, and they are eligible for the public health scheme immediately upon landing in the country. Note that the public system is only fully free for Medical Card holders. Why? Find out in our section on the Health and Healthcare in the Emerald Isle.

In addition to this, we also give insight on the differences between public and private insurance, how to find a doctor, and the benefits of giving birth in Ireland. Read on to learn more and ensure you and your family are fully prepared to stay safe and healthy in your new Irish home.

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Banks & Taxes

Need to open a bank account in Ireland? If you plan on living and working in the country, opening a bank account will go a long way to helping you feel settled and established in your new Irish home.

This section of our guide gives you advice on how to open a bank account in Ireland as a non-resident, and even how much tax you can expect to pay. Of all the European countries, the Emerald Isle is known as being the most generous with tax relief benefits. Sounds too good to be true? Read on to learn about this as well as the best banks in Ireland for expats.

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Are you thinking about enrolling your kids in an international school in Ireland? For many relocating expats, this may be their first thought when considering a foreign country’s education system. In Ireland, this does not need to be the case. The country’s school system is of such high quality that there is little educational different between public or private schools. In fact, when comparing international schools to state-funded ones, the greatest difference is the price.

Interested in learning more? Check out our section on Irish schools and education. We help you understand the ins and outs of the grading system, higher education, and what are some of the best schools for expats.

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Interested in working in Ireland? Our working guide will give you tips and trick on how to find a job in Ireland, as well as what it takes to be self-employed. We even advise you as to what is the best salary to earn in the country (note, that the average salary in Ireland is just below 39,000 EUR/43,000 USD).

Expats moving to Ireland should also take note of the country’s social security and what you are expected to pay. Luckily, Ireland has signed into a treaty with many other countries that prevents foreigners from double taxation between their home country and their new one.

Whether you are moving to Ireland to work with the growing tech industry or you are just interested in experiencing a new business culture, this guide will help you prepare for a new work life in the Emerald Isle.

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What is the cost of living like in Ireland? Is it expensive to live there or more affordable? If you are preparing to move to the small European country, these may be some of the questions you are asking yourself. Our Cost of Living in Ireland guide lays out all you need to know before relocating to the Emerald Isle.

Ireland is an expensive place to live, but it is not as costly as other European countries such as Sweden or Switzerland. Part of the reason for this expense is due to Ireland’s situation as an island nation: many everyday goods have to be imported, which drives up prices.

In addition to breaking down the costs of living in Ireland, we also cover what it takes to drive in Ireland as well as the public transportation options inside and outside the cities.

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Updated on: March 06, 2020
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